Blog 3 on Organized Crime

Interview with Journalist Charles Bowden:

When I first started listening to Charles Bowden speak about all the murders occurring in Juarez Mexico, I was a little confused what this had to do with globalization.  While what is happening is horrible, I figured this was an unusual and unfortunate circumstance which was occurring in Juarez Mexico.  Like the interviewer, I didn’t see why Bowden viewed what is happening in Juarez as a “snapshot of the future” for other cities.  However, as Bowden continued it became clear and understandable why he would think this way.  People in Juarez are poor and unemployed.  Many people in Juarez do not even have running water or electricity.  Many people do not have homes.  They do not have public schools.  People are out of control because their surroundings and therefore lives are out of control.  Many people are in gangs.  Police forces on all levels have stepped in and have forcefully and violently been enforcing laws. People in Juarez are not being treated well.  Bowden believes that too many people in the world are being treated like those in Juarez.  Therefore, Juarez is an example of what cities, which are similar to Juarez, will soon look like.  The world should take the city of Juarez as an example of what happens when workers are paid too little, jobs are scarce and the government doesn’t make sure people are supplied with the necessary structure needed to thrive.  Looking at the global economy today, Bowden’s suggestions are frightening.  Too many people, in too many cities, in too many countries, are being treated like the people in Juarez.  This segment got me thinking, maybe Bowden is right.  Maybe it is just a matter of time people chaos and massive murdering strikes these cities too.

Drug Growers- Pakistan

The Holy War in Pakistan is such a “sticky” situation.  While hashish and opium are part of the culture of the Pashtun tribe, it is causing many problems for Pakistan.  One in eleven boys over the age of fifteen are drug addicts in Pakistan!  These numbers are staggering.  I believe that it is the government’s job to protect the people.  The Pakistan government must step in and stop the growing of opium.  It is affecting the lives of too many Pakistani citizens.  The farmers of this opium depend on Pakistani citizens to buy and consume the opium.  They are selling to those outside of the Pashtun tribe and therefore should be forced to put an end to growing opium.  To make matters worse, farmers want to be compensated for their loss, if they are forced to stop growing opium. It is in the best interest of Pakistan and other countries to help switch crop growing from drugs to goods wanted by other countries.  The opium is being exported all over the world, not just to Pakistan.  The war is unfortunate but necessary to protect the people of Pakistan and control drug production and use.

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3 Responses to “Blog 3 on Organized Crime”

  1. Prof. Hala says:

    Reading your response confirmed why I assigned this piece — it maps out the connections that make this a “global” issue. And the connections with the US, with Americans (as neighbors, as citizens, taxpayers, etc) are especially important. El Paso, Texas physically borders Juares, yet life there seems like another planet, one where there is some semblance of a rule of law, unlike Juares. And the situation in these “tribal regions” of Pakistan is quite similar in that respect, and also in terms of the availability of guns among the residents (not limited to official state forces or officially licensed). This exacerbates the lawlessness in regions like this all over the world.

  2. astein102 says:

    Unfortunately, as long as there is money to be made, people will break the law in order to make it. The only way to allow people to make less money on opium and hashish is to legalize them. That will bring the price down, and maybe then these people will grow other crops. Removing the criminal element from drugs will lower the price significantly. Unfortunately, if people want to use drugs, they will. If people have better living standards and are educated to the dangers of drugs, usage will plummet. If we want to win the war in Afghanistan, we should buy up all the opium from the farmers. This will take the biggest funding source away from the Taliban and without money they will lose.

  3. chris0s says:

    I stongly agree, as long as there is an illegal way to make money and profit there will always be criminals. If Juarez is an example of what cities, similar to Juarez will soon look like soon than the world should take it as an example of what happens when workers are paid too little. I also think that is a smart point that we should buy all the Opium from the Afghani farmers so we cut off the Talibans main source of income but I do not believe this will be possible.